The AMA Handbook of Leadership

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CHAPTER 1

Diversity: The Imperative for Today's Leaders

Frances Hesselbein

When John Baldoni, Marshall Goldsmith, and Sarah Mc Arthur invited me to write a chapter on “hot topics of leadership,” I knew my topic instantly, and it is not only “hot,” it is imperative. I have chosen for my chapter the topic “Diversity: The Imperative for Today's Leaders.” Today, if we are not developing a richly diverse organization, led by a wonderfully diverse team of leaders, then we are already an organization of the past, led by leaders of the past.

As CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA for 13 exuberant years, I never had a bad day in the nearly 5,000 days during which I led the organization. Six weeks after I left the Girl Scouts, I found myself President and CEO of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.

For 31 years now, I have had a philosophy, passion, and imperative for leadership that is as powerful in its impact as it is in its results, whether I was working with a Girl Scout Council in Pennsylvania or with a Drucker Foundation/Leader to Leader Institute partnership with a great corporation, university, or the military. I have encapsulated my learnings in the more than 26 books that I have written or edited.

The message is very simple:

We manage for the mission.
We manage for innovation.
We manage for diversity.
We are mission-focused, values-based,
demographics-driven.

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